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October 25, 2013

County football teams prepare for home stretch

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FAIRMONT — East Fairmont (1-6) will travel this week to take on winless Grafton (0-6-1).

After dropping a game to Preston, East coach Bill Haddox admitted that he could see some similarities in his team's previous opponent and the next one up.

“They play real well in spurts," Haddox said of Grafton. "They play a little like Preston but also a little like us. They haven’t won, but they’re a decent team."

In the same sense, Grafton uses a few different running backs and has a balanced passing attack, much like the Bees.

East Fairmont's Matt Hopwood is still nursing a high ankle sprain, but Haddox said he should be ready to go by Friday.

“Any time you have a high ankle sprain, it’s hard to get better," Haddox said of the ongoing issue.

The Bees will also be without running back and wide receiver Ronnie Mills this week, and will be looking for other players to step up.

“Sometimes things happen, but that’s one of the rules of the game,” Haddox said of Mills, who will have to sit out after being ejected from last week’s game. “We’ll just have to replace him. He's one of our best players. It hurts when he's out.”

One of the players who will need to step up, on both sides, is Jake Delaney.

“He's gotten better the past two games,” Haddox said of Delaney, who threw for over 450 yards and four touchdowns last week. “He still plays young at times, but he’s doing a lot better. He’s had more good than bad lately. We’re able to put points on the board with Jake.”

East's only victory this season is over Liberty, which tied with Grafton last week.

Haddox is hoping to have the same success as his team had over Liberty to start the season.

“We’re going to just keep adjusting,” he said. “We're going to put our best together and try to get the win.”

Email Matt Welch at mwelch@timeswv.com or follow on Twitter @MattWelch_TWV.

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